Custom chocolates. Does it really get any better than that? Chouquette (pronounced shoo-ket) is an artisanal handmade chocolate company in Bethesda, MD. Small batch orders are their speciality allowing the users custom logo, or one of their choosing, to shine. Perfect for holiday gifts, corporate events, birthdays, weddings, or just to say thank you, this company allows you to buy locally and get detailed customer care.
According to their website,
Sarah Dwyer, owner Chouquette Artisan Chocolates and Confections, left the business world for a year at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and learned how to make European-style, soft and flavorful caramels. Using real ingredients: sugar, local butter and cream with natural infusions of balsamic caramel, raspberry, vanilla beans and single origin coffee beans, she creates confections with family-owned Fair-Trade Guittard chocolate. Decorating each piece with colored cocoa butter, or edible gold dust, Chouquette chocolates are as beautiful as they are delicious.
And they are delicious! The Chouquette Classics are 72% dark chocolate filled with flavored caramel. We tried the raspberry, coffee, balsamic, hazelnut, and vanilla sea salt.
While all the flavors were good, we loved the hazelnut (the center crown pictured). The chocolate is firm and cracks when you bite it and the caramel envelopes your mouth. The hazelnut one was bursting with flavor and small slivers of hazelnut. This one was amazing. The coffee and balsamic where both very good, and you won’t miss the salt in the sea salt one, which was a nice contrast to the sweetness. We found ourselves wanting the raspberry flavor to come through just a tad stronger, but hey, when something is delicious instead of mind-blowing, we’ll take it.
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Disclaimer: Samples were provided at no cost for the purpose of review.